10 Things to know for Wednesday, Feb. 19

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. UKRAINE PRESIDENT BLAMES OPPOSITION LEADERS FOR ERUPTION OF VIOLENCE
  Yanukovych says he has tried to compromise with protesters; government ministry says 25 killed, hundreds injured in clashes. UKRAINE-PROTESTS

2. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STRUGGLING FOR NEW STRATEGY ON SYRIA
As peace talks falter and civil war drags on, U.S. is reconsidering old ideas, including more help for Western-backed rebels. UNITED STATES-SYRIA

3. NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO GET FEDERAL LOAN GUARANTEES
Energy Department to approve $6.5 billion for plant in Georgia. When finished around 2018, it will be first in the U.S. in more than 30 years. NUCLEAR LOAN

4. HOW INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE WOULD AFFECT EMPLOYMENT
Rise to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would give 16.5 million people a raise but cost about 500,000 jobs, Congress’ nonpartisan analysts say. MINIMUM WAGE

5. SOCHI NOT ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
AP’s Oskar Garcia finds that with Paralympics less than three weeks away, Olympic Park and its venues not entirely barrier-free. OLYMPICS-THE ACCESSIBILITY FACTOR

6. WHERE CULTURE OF “ANYTHING GOES” ON THE ROAD IS BEING REINED IN
Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is installing stoplights, road signs for the first time in effort to end traffic lawlessness. SOMALIA-TRAFFIC COPS

7. WHAT IS WORSE THAN SNOW FALLING FROM THE SKY
City dwellers dealing with icicles, chunks of frozen snow raining down from skyscrapers. Architects say energy-efficient new buildings may be the worst. FALLING ICE-SKYSCRAPERS

8. NEW PRESIDENT WANTS TO SAVE IRAN’S BIGGEST LAKE
The tourist attraction and rest stop for birds has shrunk 80 percent in a decade because of expanded irrigation and construction of dams. IRAN-DYING LAKE

9. READ OUR 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT POWERBALL JACKPOT
  Here’s one: The odds of winning tonight’s $400 million drawing, which are 1-in-175 million, don’t change as the jackpot grows. POWERBALL-5 THINGS

10. JIMMY FALLON’S DEBUT A RATINGS WINNER FOR NBC
“The Tonight Show” drew 11.3 million viewers Monday night, but fell short of the 14.6 million when Jay Leno signed off Feb. 6. FALLON’S TONIGHT-RATINGS


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